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A Word About Vocabulary

November, 2023:
The educator/writer Peter Johnston devotes his book, Choice Words,  to a discussion of the connection between language and learning.  As students develop an increasingly expansive vocabulary, their ability to become more sophisticated in their actual thinking grows commensurately.

At home or on the road with the family, take note of interesting words as you come across them.  Who can use the new word in conversation before the day ends?

In the classroom, once you introduce new vocabulary to students, give them the opportunity to encounter those new words as much as possible in the ensuing days. Vocabulary tests should challenge students to recognize the word in different contexts.

Recommended: “Choice Words,” by Peter Johnston

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